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What makes us such a prayerful, religious nation, yet the world’s Poverty Capital?

Please don’t say SIN. Agreed, there’s a peculiarity to the African brand of craziness, that you cannot find anywhere else. In fact, there’s a Nigerian type of “mad” that we just own. But sin is not racist. It’s not tribalistic. It is genderless, ageless. Everywhere else in the world, sin is deeply entrenched, widespread. In fact, sin is a definition of what one religion calls it or not. In the dictionary of faiths, sin has different spellings. It has been rebranded, redesigned, slim-fitted, force-fed, pumped up, trimmed down, refaced, reworded, fattened.

The point is, everywhere you go, there’s a semblance of morality, a definition of rights and wrongs, a system of law and order…and those who flout them.

Don’t also say “BLACKNESS”. There are black communities thriving all around us. Countries moving from greatness to glory, jumping in billions of dollars, enjoying economic explosions and prosperity.

Do we have terrible work ethics?

Is it something with our culture?

Can we somehow link it to bad leadership?

What makes us such a prayerful, religious nation, yet the world’s Poverty Capital?

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